Get Islington Reading: A Place Based Programme Putting Reading on the Map

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Get Islington Reading was a three-year campaign to develop a community of happy, confident young readers aged 9 to 14 across the London Borough of Islington. From 2020-23, Get Islington Reading was funded by the Charity of Sir Richard Whittington through The Mercers’ Company and delivered by The National Literacy Trust and The Reading Agency in collaboration with Islington Council Library Service and Islington School Improvement Service.

The key aims of the programme were to build a reading community by inspiring young people and their families to develop and sustain a love of reading and connecting schools and public libraries to share best practice.

We spoke to Michelle Gannon, Head of Library Services at London Borough Of Islington, to find out more about her experience taking part in the programme.

Project highlights

From the very beginning of Get Islington Reading in 2020, we worked collaboratively with The Reading Agency and National Literacy Trust. We were all actively engaged with the design and development of the project and all partners really wanted to ensure that the project had maximum impact and really make a difference to Islington children and young people. We had regular meetings with the whole project team, which enabled us to gel as a team and develop strong relationships across all the organisations.

The whole project is a career highlight for me – but a particularly memorable moment was the Earth Day event in April 2023 when a panel of authors and activists worked with young people from secondary schools to empower them to become activists through reading and writing. The young people wrote their own pledges for the local environment and Islington Council. These pledges were well thought out and really showed that young people are concerned about the environment and their role in our planet’s future.

The factories and the way they’re run damage people’s lives and also the environment, as they allow so much pollution, which has an impact on the people living there too.

A student at the Get Islington Reading Earth Day Panel

To see where they’re at and hear their worries and insights is important. Reading and creativity are important as they can help us to see ourselves as a part of a global community who are acting, who care and who have a voice. The more you can read and share and talk, the more your sense of reality is supported.

Anouchka Grose, a panellist at the Get Islington Reading Earth Day Panel

Forging new partnerships

Get Islington Reading really helped us to strengthen our relationship with local schools. Over the past 10 years or so, many of our schools have been finding it very difficult to visit their local library, and consequently our relationship with some of them was limited. This project allowed us to re-engage with schools and for them to see the role local libraries can play alongside schools in encouraging children and young people to read for pleasure. This relationship with schools is vital as they have much greater access to parents and carers and can help influence them to visit their local library.

If you get the opportunity to work with The Reading Agency or National Literacy Trust, jump at the chance. They are both amazing organisations and they made the whole project so easy and found ways around the many challenges that we faced – not least a national lockdown that meant schools were closed for many months. We need to think about how we can make it easier for schools and families to engage with their local libraries and how we can help them to promote the benefits of reading and all their local library has to offer.

To find out more, read our full evaluation report here.

2024 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Announced

The Women’s Prize Trust – the UK charity which creates equitable opportunities for women in the world of books – today announces the shortlist for the 2024 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Now in its 29th year and sponsored by Audible and Baileys, the Women’s Prize for Fiction shines a spotlight on outstanding, ambitious, original fiction written in English by women from anywhere in the world.

The Shortlist

The 2024 shortlist features three established novelists (Anne Enright, Kate Grenville and Claire Kilroy), two authors who have one previous novel to their name (V. V. Ganeshananthan and Isabella Hammad), and one debut writer (Aube Rey Lescure). Three of the authors have previously been nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction: V. V. Ganeshananthan was longlisted in 2009; Anne Enright has been longlisted twice in 2008 and 2020 and shortlisted twice in 2012 and 2016; and Kate Grenville won in 2001 for The Idea of Perfection.

Many of the books depict characters who are navigating seismic changes in their identity, undergoing a process of self-reckoning and self-acceptance, with several also dealing with the inheritance of trauma and the resilience of women in overcoming the weight of the past. Half of the books in this year’s fiction shortlist also explore the migrant experience through different lenses, offering deeply moving, yet distinct, explorations of race, identity and family, of the West’s false promise and the magnetism of home. The shortlist encompasses stories that both focus on intimate family relationships, as well as those that convey a sweep of history, always with an eye on the particularity of women’s experience, whether in the home or in the context of war and political upheaval.

The Judges

This year, bestselling author and chair of the 2024 judging panel Monica Ali is joined by author Ayọb̀ ámi Adébáyọ; author and illustrator Laura Dockrill; actor Indira Varma; and presenter and author Anna Whitehouse.

Monica Ali says:

This year’s shortlist features six brilliant, thought-provoking and spellbinding novels that between them capture an enormous breadth of the human experience. Readers will be captivated by the characters, the luminous writing and the exquisite storytelling. Each book is gloriously compelling and inventive and lingers in the heart and mind long after the final page.

The winner of the 2024 Women’s Prize for Fiction will be announced on Thursday 13 June 2024 at the Women’s Prize Trust’s summer party in central London, along with the inaugural winner of the 2024 Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction. The winner will receive a cheque for £30,000, anonymously endowed, along with a limited-edition bronze statuette known as the ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven.

More information can be found on the Women’s Prizes website here.

Get Involved

If you work in a library or workplace and would like to promote the shortlist, you can download a free digital pack from our shop.

What do you think of the 2024 shortlisted titles? Which have you read and what will be added to your TBR pile? Add your comments below, or click any title above to leave a review.

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The Reading Agency and BBC Arts launch Big Sporting Read at Hay Festival, celebrating the power of sport through books  

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The Big Sporting Read – a new national celebration of reading – will launch at this spring’s Hay Festival (23 May–2 June), using the power of books to unite communities and celebrate a landmark summer of sport. 

The Big Sporting Read is a collaboration between national charity The Reading Agency and BBC Arts, aiming to use the power of sport to inspire readers across the UK – highlighting the links between sporting excellence, reading, health and wellbeing.  

A specially curated list of titles will be announced at Hay Festival, offering book-lovers a range of genres and sports, across fiction and non-fiction. The books will be expertly curated by The Reading Agency together with librarians, booksellers, and an expert advisory panel. 

The full list of titles will be revealed on the first ever Hay Festival Sports Day, Wednesday 29th May. Taking place within the Festival programme, the day will see a sporting takeover of the Festival site, exploring the relationship between sport and the arts through events and activities. Audiences can discover the programme and book tickets now.  

The campaign will then run throughout summer 2024, coinciding with a packed sporting calendar including the UEFA Euro 2024, Wimbledon Championships, The Open Championship and the Olympics and Paralympics in Paris. Libraries, bookshops, and leisure centres across the UK are set to get involved in the campaign by promoting the books and hosting activities and community events at their respective venues. 

BBC Arts will be supporting the campaign with special programming across its broadcast channels and digital platforms, using its unrivalled reach into UK households to engage diverse audiences. This campaign follows on from several successful Reading Agency and BBC collaborations, including The Big Eurovision Read in 2023 and The Big Jubilee Read in 2022. 

The Big Sporting Read will inspire people across the UK to pick up a book and get reading, and we’re delighted to be launching it with BBC Arts at Hay Festival this year. This campaign will celebrate the power of sport and reading, and we’re sure the booklist will feature an exciting range of titles and themes will motivate both keen readers and those new to books to dive into a great story.

Karen Napier, CEO of The Reading Agency

I’m delighted that The Big Sporting Read means that BBC Arts will working again with The Reading Agency, following on from our successful collaborations together which have introduced so many new readers to a range of brilliant books. We can’t wait to bring book-lovers a new wealth of books, and to be partnering with the UK’s leading book festival, Hay Festival, as we come together to promote the joys of physical and mental wellbeing, sport and reading – in what promises to be a joyful summer.

Suzy Klein, Head of BBC Arts

We are excited to support The Reading Agency and BBC Arts in launching The Big Sporting Read at Hay Festival 2024 as part of our first-ever Sports Day celebrations. In this huge sporting year, we want to celebrate the impact athletes have had on the arts and build bridges between these two worlds. Through these new projects and platforms, we will encourage new audiences to find their paths into books and discover a love of reading.

Hay Festival Global CEO Julie Finch

The full booklist and further details about the Big Sporting Read will be announced at the Hay Festival launch.  

If you work in a library, bookshop or sporting venue and would like to find out how you can get involved in the Big Sporting Read, join us at 4pm on 14 May for a webinar when you’ll hear more about the campaign. Sign up for the webinar.

If you work in a library, bookshop or sporting venue and would like to find out how you can get involved in the Big Sporting Read, join us on 14 May for a webinar when you’ll hear more about the campaign.

Road to Reading returns after helping 1 in 2 improve their reading focus last year

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The Reading Agency today announced the return of its highly successful Road to Reading initiative as part of the annual World Book Night celebrations. Following its remarkable impact in 2023 when it helped 1 in 2 participants focus more on their reading and improve concentration, the Road to Reading aims to inspire even more people to make reading a regular habit this year.

Perfect for those who are looking for support to start a new habit, people who struggle to find the time, or readers who haven’t picked up a book in a while, the Road to Reading invites everyone to pledge to read every week for 30 minutes or more, for a 10-week period. Participants are invited to join in by signing up and logging their reading.

The Reading Agency hopes that reading lovers will help to sign people up to take part, supporting our mission to get the nation reading! Participants will receive:

  • Regular check-ins and support to establish a consistent reading routine.
  • Personalised reading recommendations tailored to their interests.
  • Support from a vibrant social media community of fellow readers.

The 2023 Road to Reading findings demonstrate the initiative’s significant impact. The Road to Reading supported readers to re-establish a reading habit, with 2 in 5 reporting that it helped them read for enjoyment and out of choice more than before. Most participants felt that they met their personal reading goals set at the start, whether that was reading more regularly, for longer, or exploring new genres through the reading recommendations provided.

By taking part in the Road to Reading:

  • 86% of participants reported feeling more relaxed, with many citing improved overall wellbeing.
  • 73% found added purpose and social connection through the initiative, with 37% feeling more connected by talking about reading in book clubs or with others.
  • 50% increased their confidence to try new things, exploring diverse genres, authors, and formats.

Almost all respondents to the final check-in said that they intended to keep up with their new reading habit going forward, with many setting new goals to read more or read different kinds of books.

“Reading does us all the power of good, but in our busy modern world it’s easy to lose sight of how life-changing this simple habit can be.” said Karen Napier, CEO, The Reading Agency. “Last year’s Road to Reading was a game-changer, supporting thousands in dedicating time to reading and experiencing its numerous benefits, whether new readers or just those who’d fallen out of the habit. The high levels of engagement, personal impacts, and sustained reading habit changes we witnessed last year underscore the vital role Road to Reading plays in building a nation of readers this World Book Night.”

One participant said: “I managed to stick to my goal of 30 minutes a week and found that I was able to read more than this. Some days I was reading up to an hour as I was really enjoying the books I was reading. I suffer from dyslexia so am a bit of slow reader and have found the [Road To Reading] has really boosted my reading confidence.”

Another participant reported increased productivity, saying: “I’ve now got 20 minutes every morning set aside for reading and it’s not only increased my reading it’s also improved my day-to-day life as I feel better and more productive by starting my day the right way.”

To learn more about Road to Reading and sign up for this year’s programme, visit worldbooknight.org.uk. Join the journey and unlock the life-changing benefits of making reading a regular habit.

Over 500,000 Summer Reading Challenge joiners through the cross-authority pilot model!

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Impact of the Cross-Authority Pilot, 2021-23

We reached over half a million joiners through the Summer Reading Challenge pilot model!

Over the last three years, The Reading Agency has worked with library partners to pilot a new model of delivery based on cross-authority partnerships. Library services work strategically with other areas of the local authority — such as education, public health teams and children’s services — to extend the reach and impact of the Challenge in underserved areas and with families new to library use. Beginning with 10 library services in 2021, by the third year of the pilot a total of 39 library authorities across the UK had taken part, trialling different approaches to reaching children experiencing disadvantage, from targeted work with schools and HAF providers to offering automatic library membership to all primary-age school children.

Over the three years of the pilot, on average…

1 in 3 Summer Reading Challenger joiners were in pilot authorities

1 in 5 children receiving a completer’s certificate were in pilot authorities

2 in 5 children who became new library members were in pilot authorities

Returning to pre-pandemic levels: starters, new library members and children’s book issues

509,732 children started the Challenge over three years

In 2023, we saw a 7% increase in starters in pilot areas on 2019, whilst those taking part through non-pilot delivery have not quite yet returned to levels reached prior to the pandemic.

153,296 children became new library members in pilot authorities over three years

In 2023, we saw a 69% increase in new library members in pilot areas on 2019, compared with only +28% through non-pilot delivery.

6,602,037 total books, eBooks and audiobooks were issued through libraries in pilot areas over three years

In 2023, there was a 116% increase in book issues in pilot areas on 2019, compared with +81% through non-pilot delivery./

Extending reach in underserved areas and with underrepresented groups

68% of schools agreed that the pilot approach reached pupils living with disadvantage

60% agreed that the pilot approach had engaged pupils who had not taken part in the past

46% boys & 53% girls took part in pilot areas over three years (a 6 percentage point difference), compared with 44% boys & 55% girls through non-pilot delivery (an 11 percentage point difference)

Children increased their positive reading behaviours, habits and attitudes

Arts Council England-funded research showed the statistically significant impact for children who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge compared with those who did not take part…

  • Children read more over the summer
  • Children enjoyed reading more
  • Children felt more confident reading

Children also improved their wellbeing, feeling ‘braver’, calmer and better able to manage negative emotions. Libraries raised their profile across the local authority, highlighting their value in educational and mental health support.

I think the difference this year was the really high-level strategic stuff. […] This is how [area] Council’s going to help address the problems of COVID and address the gaps. And that was the higher level. I’ve never been to a meeting with the Head of the Council before.

– Pilot library authority

I didn’t really like books before, and I used to not read, because I didn’t really like reading. I was just busy watching YouTube and TV and stuff. But like, after the Summer Reading Challenge, I like fiction, and I like reading lots of different books.

– Child, aged 9-10

[The Summer Reading Challenge] tied in absolutely perfect to what we do as a HAF programme […] we thought, well this is brilliant, because it ties really nicely into our ‘English on the move’ [initiative].

– HAF provider

You can read the full report here.

How To Get into Reading

In a world filled with distractions, finding the time and motivation to read can feel like a daunting task. However, the benefits of reading are proven – from reducing stress and improving your mental health to expanding your knowledge and imagination.

If you’re someone who has always wanted to get into reading but didn’t know where to start, you’re in the right place! Read our tips to unlock the joy of reading.

Photo of a hand pulling a book from a book shelf.

Understanding the Benefits of Reading

  • Studies have shown that those who read for pleasure have higher levels of self-esteem and a greater ability to cope with difficult situations. Reading for pleasure was also associated with better sleeping patterns. 1
  • Adults who read for just 30 minutes a week are 20% more likely to report greater life satisfaction.2
  • In 2021, we found that shorter format books provided emerging readers with a more accessible route into reading, whilst some lapsed and avid readers indicated that they found it easier to find time to pick up a Quick Read whilst juggling other responsibilities.
  • By reading just one Quick Read, 3 in 4 people report enjoying reading more and said they’d like to read more often, whilst 1 in 3 feel more confident about reading and felt they were a better reader as a result. 3
  • Read more about the benefits of reading here.

Creating a Reading Routine

  • Start small by setting achievable reading goals, such as reading for 10 minutes a day or finishing one short book per month.
  • Track your progress with a book tracking app such as The StoryGraph
  • Find a time and place that works best for you to read consistently, whether it’s during your morning commute or before bed.
  • Incorporate reading into your daily routine by replacing screen time with a good book.
  • Audiobooks can be an ideal route into reading, particularly if you find it difficult to focus on words on a page, or are looking for something to listen to while doing other things. Podcast fans, audiobooks are for you!
  • Set some time aside this World Book Day for our annual #ReadingHour. You can read a print book, e-book, or listen to an audiobook. It doesn’t matter what, how, or where you read, as long as you enjoy it.
    Find out more here

Choosing the Right Books

  • Getting book recommendations from social media, YouTube, book tracking apps or from your friends can help you find books you love and get you excited about your next reads.
  • Experiment with different genres and authors to discover what resonates with you.
  • Quick Reads are a great place to start. Because they’re short, you can try lots of different genres and authors to find what fits you best. From thrillers, to contemporary romance, to literary fiction, we have a wide range of Quick Reads to suit everybody.
    Browse our Quick Reads here.
  • You can also find your next read from our selection of booklists – from books about sport to LGBTQ+ stories.
    Explore our booklists here.
  • Libraries are a great place to get reading recommendations. Browse the shelves or ask your librarian for their ideas. Find your local library here.

Share your reading with others

  • Joining book clubs or online reading communities is a great way to connect with other readers, share recommendations and stay motivated.
  • We know that reading groups and book clubs are a great way to make friends, feel connected and empowered to try books you’d never have come across otherwise. 94% of people asked read more widely and felt more connected to others thanks to their reading group.
    Read more about the benefits of reading groups here
Photo of a person reading an e-reader on a bench outside.

Beginning your reading journey is not just about reading a book – it’s about discovering new worlds, perspectives, and possibilities. Since 2006, over 5.3 million Quick Reads have been distributed, with over 6.14 million loaned from public libraries.

So why not join other readers and unlock the joy of reading today.

  1. [Billington, J, (2015) Reading between the Lines: the Benefits of Reading for Pleasure Quick Reads, University of Liverpool]  ↩︎
  2. Billington, J, (2015) Reading between the Lines: the Benefits of Reading for Pleasure Quick Reads, University of Liverpool p. 7]  ↩︎
  3. The Reading Agency (2022) Quick Reads Evaluation Report 2021-22  ↩︎

The Booker Prizes Announce the International Booker Prize 2024 Shortlist

Today, Tuesday 9 April, the 2024 shortlist for the International Booker Prize, the world’s most significant award for a single work of translated fiction, is announced.

Featuring titles that ‘interweave the intimate and political in radically original ways’, the list introduces readers to the best novels and short story collections from around the world that have been translated into English and published in the UK and/or Ireland.

The shortlist

  • Not a River by Selva Almada, translated from Spanish by Annie McDermott
  • Kairos by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated from German by Michael Hofmann
  • The Details by Ia Genberg, translated from Swedish by Kira Josefsson
  • Mater 2-10 by Hwang Sok-yong, translated from Korean by Sora Kim-Russell and Youngjae Josephine Bae
  • What I’d Rather Not Think About by Jente Posthuma, translated from Dutch by Sarah Timmer Harvey
  • Crooked Plow by Itamar Vieira Junior, translated from Portuguese by Johnny Lorenz

The 2024 shortlist features books translated from six original languages, (Dutch, German, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish from six countries (Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea and Sweden).

The judges

The six books on the shortlist have been chosen by the 2024 judging panel: broadcaster and journalist Eleanor Wachtel as chair; award-winning poet Natalie Diaz; Booker Prize-shortlisted novelist Romesh Gunesekera; ground-breaking visual artist William Kentridge; and writer, editor and translator Aaron Robertson.

Eleanor Wachtel, International Booker Prize 2024 Chair of judges, says:

Reading is a necessary enlargement of human experience. Why be confined to one perspective, one life? Novels carry us to places where we might never set foot and connect us with new sensations and memories. Our shortlist opens onto vast geographies of the mind, often showing lives lived against the backdrop of history or, more precisely, interweaving the intimate and the political in radically original ways.

The thing about great writing is that it’s implicitly optimistic. From Selva Almada’s economical evocation of foreboding and danger in a remote corner of Argentina, Not a River, to Kairos, Jenny Erpenbeck’s intense, rich drama about the entanglement of personal and national transformations during the dying years of East Germany, words have the power to make connections and inhabit other sensibilities – to illuminate.

The International Booker Prize 2024 ceremony will take place from 7pm on Tuesday, 21 May. It is being held for the first time in the Turbine Hall at London’s Tate Modern. Highlights from the event, including the announcement of the winning book for 2024, will be livestreamed on the Booker Prizes’ channels, presented by YouTuber Jack Edwards, who is known as the ‘internet’s resident librarian’.

The prize recognises the vital work of translators with the £50,000 prize money divided equally: £25,000 for the author and £25,000 for the translator (or divided equally between multiple translators). In addition, there is a prize of £5,000 for each of the shortlisted titles: £2,500 for the author and £2,500 for the translator (or divided equally between multiple translators).

For more information, visit the Booker Prizes website.

Get involved

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The Reading Agency and Manchester Libraries team up with CBBC for the Blue Peter Book Club Live

Blue Peter presenter, Abi, lies across an armchair in a green garden holding a book and smiling. She wears a pink t shirt, pink trainers and black dungarees.

Blue Peter, the world’s longest running kids TV show, is partnering with The Reading Agency and Manchester Libraries on an exciting new initiative called Blue Peter Book Club Live. This ambitious project aims to inspire a love of reading and creativity in primary school-aged children across Greater Manchester and throughout the UK.

Blue Peter Book Club Live will engage young readers through a multi-faceted approach involving free activities and events both in and outside of traditional reading spaces. There will be a large-scale Blue Peter Book Club Live event at Manchester Central Library on Saturday 18th  May featuring Blue Peter presenters, authors from the Book Club including Eve Ainsworth and Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho plus a book-inspired art-installation created by 10,000 local school children. Other highlights include a Blue Peter Book Club Live Badge Trail, which will take families to cultural venues across Manchester withactivities themed around the 12 Blue Peter Book Club titles.

Children will also be able to discover the Blue Peter Book Club booklist in unexpected settings as part of a series of “Book Hunt” events in Manchester parks and open spaces. Across the nation, libraries and schools will be able to participate in Blue Peter Book Club Live using activity packs and reading resources developed by The Reading Agency to create a nationwide celebration.

The Blue Peter Book Club introduces young readers to new writing and encourage a love of reading. In partnership with The Reading Agency an expert panel of librarians, booksellers and children in library sessions, chose a list of Blue Peter Book Club recommended reads from awesome authors and fantastic illustrators. Its next six titles are:

  • Greenwild: The World Behind The Door by Pari Thomson, Illustrated by Elisa Paganelli (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • The Last Firefox by by Lee Newbery, Illustrated by Laura Catalán (Puffin, Penguin Random House Children’s)
  • The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Beast Beyond the Fence by Marcus Rashford written with Alex Falase-Koya, Illustrated by Marta Kissi (Macmillan Children’s Books, Pan Macmillan)
  • You Are History: From the Alarm Clock to the Toilet, the Amazing History of the Things You Use Every Day by Greg Jenner Illustrated by Jenny Taylor (Walker Books, 2022)
  • Major and Mynah by Karen Owen, Illustrated by Louise Forshaw (Firefly Press)
  • Bob vs The Selfie Zombies by Andy Jones, Illustrated by Robin Boyden (Piccadilly Press, Bonnier Books)
Six book jackets: Greenwild, Major and Mynah, Breakfast Club Adventures, Bob vs. The Selfie Zombies and You Are History on a blue background with heart and start sketches and the Blue Peter Book Club logo in the middle.

Blue Peter Book Club Live will have a major presence on broadcast and digital. A special episode Blue Peter Book Club Live will be shown on CBBC and iPlayer, 5pm, Friday 24th May from Media City UK with authors and local school children taking part.  Working in collaboration with BBC Arts, Blue Peter will also produce book review content, animations, digital games and more.  While to support young readers learning at home and in the classroom, the Blue Peter Book Club is supported by curriculum resources from BBC Bitesize.

Blue Peter Book Club Live will take place into Summer 2024 with a series of pop-up events at libraries and schools across the UK. More details can be found on the Library Live website.

The Blue Peter Big Read is supported with an award of £99,385 through Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants programme.

We’re thrilled to harness the power of the Blue Peter brand to inspire children to read for pleasure. By meeting them in their communities through our partnership with Manchester Libraries and The Reading Agency’s nationwide reach, we aim to make reading feel fun, accessible and relevant to all kids.

Sarah Muller, Senior Head of Commissioning 7+

This initiative is a wonderful opportunity to connect families with the vital resources of their local libraries. The Blue Peter Book Club’s diverse and accessible booklist, created with The Reading Agency, ensures that all children can see themselves represented and participate.

Karen Napier MBE, CEO, The Reading Agency

We are delighted to work alongside our partners to bring such an exciting reading event to the city.  We know that reading is a joyous experience and getting young Mancunians engaged, excited and inspired by books now is really important to us as it will engender a love of reading that continues to grow throughout their lives.  And what better place to launch such a wonderful initiative as the much-loved and celebrated Manchester Central Library.

Neil Mac Innes OBE, Manchester City Council’s Head of Service, Libraries, Galleries, Culture and Youth

Enabling children and young people to enjoy creative and culture experiences is a priority for the Arts Council and The Blue Peter Book Club Live is a great opportunity for them to discover the joy of reading in their local community. I’m pleased that we are supporting the project through our National Lottery Project Grants programme to fund some exciting activities for families across Manchester and I’m really looking forward to attending the celebration event at Manchester Central Library.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England
The Reading Agency

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